There’s nothing more American or heartwarming than watching the reunion of a military family at a Big Ten team spring game, and that’s exactly what happened when this family from Lincoln was brought back together during an unforgettable coin flip. And we’re not the only ones obsessed with this touching homecoming. Many took to Twitter to share live action of the family coming together.
Staff Sergeant Matthew Hawke desperately wanted to see his family after being away from home for such a long time, but he wanted to surprise them in the most unforgettable way possible. The lifelong Nebraska fan surprised his family at the coin flip of the Cornhuskers’ spring game this past weekend on Saturday after he returned from a 10-month tour in Afghanistan.
Hawke had been serving in Afghanistan with G Company 2-104th GSAG, also known as Task Force Nightmare. The proud father, husband, and Patriot showed up to the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game decked out in full uniform and took the field with the team before meeting his wife and kids at midfield. Hawke geared up from head to toe in team garb including a helmet, pads, and wrist tape.
After taking the field with the entire team Hawke’s family was asked to come down. The family was understandably ecstatic once Hawke took off his helmet and the looks on their faces were priceless! His son, Austin, was given the honor of flipping the pre-game coin.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened as Nebraska has a history of making special moments during spring games. Most notably was little Jack Hoffman’s 69-yard touchdown during the 2013 scrimmage. While we could tell you more about this emotional moment, words simply don’t do it enough justice.
If you’d like to see the entire reunion yourself, you can watch the full video but make sure to have plenty of tissue on hand as tears are bound to flow.